Maiello: Defeat the Press
Miami Fans Mistakenly Chant "Let's Go Eat" During Playoff Game
Earlier to day I spent about an hour and a half constructing my first blog in nearly 2 months. I carefully chose my words, editing and re-editing to use non-explosive terminology, and laying out my premise as thoughtfully as I could.
Well, maybe I'm not supposed to blog today, because my computer froze up and my well-crafted blog is out there in the universe somewhere, and you're going to get the "Readers Digest," thrown together version, instead, because I don't have time to be careful now, and I'll deal with the fallout from that decision as I have to. Yeah, I could just fore-go the whole thing, but I'm going to frickin' explode if I don't get this out.
We, most of us, are falling victim to the gop's strategy (and possibly the dems, as well) of keeping us all so busy with minutiae, that we are failing to see how precariously close we are to imploding as a country, or at least as a world leader. The closest analogy I can come up with at the moment is that the country is like a boat heading for the giant falls, and both parties are so busy struggling for control of the rudder, that no one realizes that the rudder is no longer attached to the boat, and it doesn't matter who has control...both sides need to work together to get it fixed before we go over the edge, and worry about who is in control later.
I am sick of wasting energy trying to place blame or make excuses. We can do that at the autopsy. Right now we need to save the patient. And the patient is on life support. (Sorry for mixing the metaphor...you're getting almost a pure stream of consciousness now...)
I have been nearly silent in the political realm lately, choosing to spend my limited time pursuing other, more personal passions. But, I've kept reading, watching, and listening. And now I'm exploding. (I'm reminded of a joke - "Society frowns on women burping, farting or swearing in public, so they HAVE to bitch, or they'd explode!") Well, this is the result of me not burping, farting or swearing for too long!
Anyway. For starters, the fact that more people aren't up in arms about continuing the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans tells me that there are a lot of people who have bought into the notion that is bad for America for these people to have to pay a little more. Never mind that they get the same tax break on the first $250K the rest of us get. Never mind that only 2% of small businesses make an adjusted gross income of over $250K. They believe the b.s. and the people who know the truth are not pushing back loudly enough. This article in the USA Today should be required reading.
Next up...Thomas Friedman. Yeah, I know...not a popular guy around these parts, but please read his NYT editorial piece and better yet, watch his interview on CNBC AND read the Times piece, and see if there isn't just some of what he says that makes sense, and can be used as a springboard for finding a solution to our problems.
I am inclined to be pissed that so many Americans are stupid, and therefore are allowing all this crap to happen. A really good friend takes exception to that terminology and suggests that the problem isn't stupidity, but rather an inability to access reliable information, or no time to do it. That may be true. And if it is, we need to be more proactive in getting the information out there.
Believe me, I am tempted to join the ignorant and just float along and see what it looks like at the bottom of the falls, the country broken into a million pieces of what used to be a pretty good place to live. Denial can be an easier place to reside...for awhile anyway. Eventually we are going to pay for it. But I don't don't seem to be able to stay there for long.
We need to quit fighting with each other and find some common ground from which to mount a defense, or keep squabbling about the small stuff while we barrel on toward the falls. I hope you will all read the articles, and watch the interview...I'm anxious to discuss them.